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DAN Heritage Tours 2022

Blackburn and Burnley
Saturday 23rd April - 9.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - see bottom of page
£22.00 - book online or call 07932927694

We start the day by visiting Blackburn. Blackburn Cathedral was formerly the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, becoming a cathedral in 1926, when the Diocese of Blackburn was created. Essentially a Georgian building, designed by John Palmer and consecrated in 1826, it stands on a site reputedly associated with early Christianity. The foundation is believed to date from the year 596. The sanctuary furniture with the striking Corona, both a crown of suffering and a crown of glory, and the angel pendentives are by the artist John Hayward who also designed the Worker Christ at the rear of the Nave.

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery (opens 12noon) houses a rich and fascinating collection of paintings, Japanese prints, Christian icons, medieval manuscripts, natural history specimens, egyptian artefacts and of course the local and social history of its hometown, Blackburn.

After lunch we move on tho Towneley Hall in Burnley. From the Priest’s Hole to the attic Towneley Hall is fascinating with period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall. See the cat fast asleep by the range in the Victorian kitchen, stroll along the long gallery past bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, imagine the glamorous parties held in the regency rooms or have a quiet moment in the Towneley chapel.

Artist of Hope is an exhibition of stunning work by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Evelyn De Morgan which features 45 of her symbolic paintings. Alongside these artworks are stories of people from Lancashire who have served on the frontline at different times in history. The show has been curated with the help of community partners including Blind Veterans UK, Child Action North West, local Syrian refugees and nurses from Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Defying the conventions of the deeply conservative Victorian society she was raised in, Evelyn De Morgan dared to be different and studied at the prestigious Slade School of Art, before being invited to exhibit at the exclusive Grosvenor Gallery when she was just 20 years old. This was an astonishing achievement for a woman at the time. Her hope for a feminist future is highlighted in the paintings on display in the exhibition.


Cirencester and Rodmarton House

Saturday 28th May - 8.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - see bottom of page
£28.00 - book online or call 07932927694

We start by visiting Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds. The Corinium Museum houses highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium, plus Neolithic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Modern items.

After lunch we visit Rodmarton, the Arts and Crafts House. Ernest Barnsley, together with his brother Sidney, who designed most of the furniture, built Rodmarton Manor. He was a follower of William Morris, who was one of the leaders of the English Arts and Crafts Movement towards the end of the 19th Century.

The 8-acre garden has a wide selection of planting that has been done over the years with superb vistas and views throughout and plenty of places to sit and admire the view. Each part has a different character ranging from the alpines in troughs, bigger plants in the rockery, lawns, a large kitchen garden, white borders, to the magnificent herbaceous borders which are constantly being replanted and improved.


Auckland Castle, County Durham

Saturday 25th June - 8.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - see bottom of page
£29.00 - book online or call 07932927694

Recently opened following a multi-million pound conservation project Auckland Castle was once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham, and was the place where they entertained, hunted and worshipped. Over the centuries, the Prince Bishops became increasingly wealthy. They used this money to transform the castle into a palace that showed off their high status. St Peter’s Chapel is the perfect example: Bishop Cosin turned the medieval Great Hall into the largest private chapel in Europe, a beautiful space to inspire the glory of God.

Jacob and his Twelve Sons, an impressive series of paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de Zurbar├ín, have hung in the Long Dining Room since they were purchased by Bishop Trevor in 1756. The Walled Garden at Auckland Castle was one of the first of its kind in North East England. It featured heated walls and glass hothouses to grow vegetables, flowers, fruit and even pineapples for the bishop’s guests. The Mining Gallery explores working life in the coal mines through original artefacts and artworks by prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.


Melton Mowbray & Easton Walled Garden

Saturday 16th July - 8.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - see back page.
£27.00 - book online or call 07932927694

This bustling market town known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’ boasts a culinary heritage that few can match. As well as other produce, visitors can sample Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese – famous delicacies which, thanks to protected status, can only be made in this locality. Melton’s history is inextricably linked to hunting, and for centuries it was the place to be, with the royal, the rich and the famous spending autumns and winters here. Nowadays, rich, crunchy pastry and succulent British pork ensure these unique pies remain popular, and Dickinson & Morris’ Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, established in 1851, is one of Melton’s top attractions.

Easton Walled Gardens nestle in a beautiful, rolling valley in South West Lincolnshire. They have been owned by the Cholmeley family for over 400 years. President Franklin D Roosevelt considered them one of the best gardens in the UK, writing home to his mother that the gardens were “A dream of Nirvana... almost too good to be true.”. The original gardens contained several walled enclosures around a mediaeval manor house. Over the centuries the design of the gardens changed and by the Victorian era the gardens were filled with bedding and borders, ornamental stonework, glasshouses, fine trees and even melon pits.


Kendal & Sizergh Castle

Saturday 20th August - 8.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - see bottom of page
£25.00 - book online or call 07932927694

Kendal Museum contains a number of internationally recognised collections, including natural history, archaeology, geology and herbarium collections, along with the largest taxidermy collection in Europe! The Quaker Tapestry Museum brings together 350 years of social history and Quaker stories in more than 40 vibrant embroidered panels, housed within a stunning and original Georgian Meeting House.

Sizergh Castle (NT) has been the home of the Strickland family for more than 750 years. Set in large, beautifully landscaped gardens and based on an impressive 14th Century solar tower, Sizergh was extended in Tudor times. The romantic fortified mansion contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country, as well as a collection of good English and French furniture and family portraits. Of particular interest are the gardens surrounding the Castle, a notable feature being the largest limestone rock garden, including part of the National Collection of Hardy Ferns. Enchanting wildflower and water gardens also add to the charm of this estate.

Coventry - City of Culture 2021

Saturday 17th September - 8.30am from Northwich
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£24.00 - book online or call 07932927694

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to delve into Coventry’s history and immerse yourself in world class art. Investigate the natural world, modern art, and the Old Masters.

Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles on the planet and tells the story of a city which changed the world through transport.  There are captivating displays, interactive galleries, and highly immersive exhibitions. 14 fully accessible galleries are home to the fastest vehicle in the world, pioneering bicycles, transport champions and many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious vehicles of the last 200 years. For those seeking more adventure, walkthrough The Blitz experience or enjoy a ride in one of three 4D simulator rides.

Coventry Cathedral is a place where splendid medieval history meets modern architecture to stunning and poignant effect. Explore the Ruined Cathedral, destroyed in the Coventry Blitz during WW2, standing proudly alongside the magnificent ‘casket of jewels’, the iconic ‘New’ Cathedral. The New Cathedral features works by some of the greatest artists of the 1950s and 60s. Internationally recognised as a beacon of hope, Coventry Cathedral embodies a spirit of peace and reconciliation in a truly breath-taking setting.

 

Pickup Points and Times

Schedule                                            a               b             c
Winsford Delamere Street            7.30am    8.00am    8.30am
Moulton Jack Lane                       7.38am    8.08am    8.38am
Davenham Old Primary School    7.40am    8.10am    8.40am
Sandiway Church                          7.45am    8.15am    8.45am
Weaverham Shops                        7.48am    8.18am    8.48am
Hartford Crossroads                     7.50am    8.20am    8.50am
Greenbank Hotel                          7.55am    8.25am    8.55am
Castle Darwin Street                    7.58am    8.28am    8.58am
Northwich Memorial Court           8.00am    8.30am    9.00am

Timings are approximate - please be at your chosen pickup point in good time as the coach will not wait.

Entry fees to houses, gardens, museums and galleries are extra and are not included in the tour price. National Trust (NT) properties are free to Members, but only if you remember to bring your card.

We stop for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Changes to the advertised itinerary may be made due to circumstances beyond our control.

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